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Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Iron revealed at ExCel

Chris Newbigging, 29 January 2009 13:38

The brand new Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Iron is on show to the public for the first time at the MCN London Show. Harley’s latest motorcycle is based on the long-running Sportster 883 engine and chassis, but with cosmetic changes to give it a meaner look. Instead of chromed and polished parts, the chassis and other cosmetic details are painted black. ...

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128 ways to dump your bike

MCN Riding Skills, 08 July 2011 16:23

An oldie but a goodie, this list of 128 ways to drop your bike isn’t just worth a laugh, it raises some useful points too. Obviously the writer has a bit of an issue with side-stands (around a third of the drops are failing-to-deploy-support-stand related), but the rest cover everything from pillion activity to poor road surfaces and just plain ...

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Should I fill my tyres with nitrogen?

Dan Aspel, 13 July 2010 13:53

Tyres pressures can be tricky to maintain and can dramatically affect the handling of your bike. Save cash on motorcycle tyres Warm tyres filled on a hot afternoon can lose as many as 3psi overnight in a sudden cold snap as the rubber contracts, this can leave your bike feeling heavy and wallowy to ride. Filling tyres with nitrogen promises ...

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Touring advice - Traffic laws in France

James Mostyn, 04 June 2009 14:34

A road trip to France can be excellent fun, before you set off you should be aware of the laws regarding the roads. This list isn't exhaustive but it should help you spend more time riding and less time talking to the Police. • EU driving licence holders that exceed the speed limit by over 40 km/h will have their licenses confiscated ...

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Video: Charley Boorman's off-road tips on the 08 R1200GS

Angus Farquhar, 01 January 2008 00:00

At the recent launch of the 2008 BMW R1200GS we caught up with long distance adventurer Charlie Boorman to make the most of some of the knowledge that he has picked up on his two massive Long Way trips with Ewan McGregor and his attempt at the 2007 Dakar. Check out the video below to see Boorman give you some ...

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Video: How to overtake safely

Angus Faquhar, 24 December 2007 00:00

In part three of the tips for riding, Dan from Rapid Training takes you through how to overtake safely. Check out the video below as Dan points out the most essential points for overtaking, including thinking about the vehicle in front and thinking about possible opportunities. See part one: Planning See part two: Positioning   Zoom & Watch more ...

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Dirt Bike Show success story

Gary Pinchin, 10 November 2009 15:09

This year’s Dirt Bike Show was one of the best-attended in its 10-year spell at Stoneleigh Park, with 21,000 people flocking to the Coventry venue over four days – that’s a 14% increase on last year’s attendance. Although the big four Japanese companies chose not to support the show, they were still represented by major dealerships and all had a ...

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Tips for riding in snow

MCN Newsdesk, 18 December 2009 10:00

Riding on snow can be tricky and is best avoided if possible. However we know that some of you have to brave the snow on your bikes, so here are Steve Farrell's snow riding tips. Steve never lets snow stop his from riding from London up to MCN HQ in Peterborough, so we think he is qualified to give some advice. Steve's ...

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How to prepare your bike for a trackday

MCN Technical Staff, 30 November 2006 14:03

Why bother? As road riders we are quick to learn our limits. Road furniture (eg telegraph poles, hedges etc), other road users and the law help curb our enthusiasm for riding fast. But on an open track, where there is no oncoming traffic or imposed speed limit, your bike can be ridden faster and harder. That’s all great for improving ...

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How to park your bike securely

MCN Technical Staff, 30 November 2006 10:14

Why bother? Because having your motorcycle nicked is about twice as likely as your car being half-inched – and such thefts often occur in temporary parking locations. Of course there’s no guarantee that your bike won’t be stolen – if a professional thief wants your bike he’ll probably get it. But combining as many security measures as reasonably and practically ...


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